Beginning Algebra

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/24/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Is there anything more beautiful than an “A” in Algebra? Not to the Lial team! Marge Lial, John Hornsby, and Terry McGinnis write their textbooks and accompanying resources with one goal in mind: giving students and teachers all the tools they need to achieve success. With this revision of the Lial Developmental Algebra Series, the team has further refined the presentation and exercises throughout the text. They offer several exciting new resources for students and teachers that will provide extra help when needed, regardless of the learning environment (traditional, lab-based, hybrid, online)–new study skills activities in the text, and more.


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Author Biography

Marge Lial was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is affiliated with American River College. Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.


When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics education or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and fifteen years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for both teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum. John's personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh), and has been an avid baseball fan all of his life. John's other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


A native Midwesterner, Terry McGinnis received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Iowa State University. She has taught elementary and middle school mathematics, and developed and implemented the curriculum used with her students. Terry has been involved in college mathematics publishing for over 20 years, working with a variety of authors on textbooks in both developmental mathematics and precalculus. After working behind the scenes on many of the Lial/Hornsby textbooks and supplements for over 10 years, Terry joined Margaret Lial and John Hornsby in 2002 as coauthor of their developmental mathematics series that includes Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Introductory and Intermediate Algebra. When not working, Terry enjoys spinning at a local health club, walking, and reading fiction. She is the devoted mother of two sons, Andrew and Tyler.


Table of Contents


            Study Skills: Using Your Math Textbook


R. Prealgebra Review

R.1 Fractions

R.2 Decimals and Percents

            Study Skills: Reading Your Math Textbook


1. The Real Number System

1.1 Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequality

            Study Skills: Taking Lecture Notes

1.2 Variables, Expressions, and Equations

1.3 Real Numbers and the Number Line

            Study Skills: Completing Your Homework

1.4 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers

            Study Skills: Using Study Cards

1.5 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers

            Summary Exercises: Performing Operations with Real Numbers

1.6 Properties of Real Numbers

1.7 Simplifying Expressions

            Study Skills: Reviewing a Chapter

            Chapter 1 Summary

            Chapter 1 Review Exercises

            Chapter 1 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 1 Test


2. Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable

2.1 The Addition Property of Equality

            Study Skills: Managing Your Time

2.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality

2.3 More on Solving Linear Equations

            Study Skills: Using Study Cards Revisited

            Summary Exercises: Applying Methods for Solving Linear Equations

2.4 Applications of Linear Equations

2.5 Formulas and Additional Applications from Geometry

2.6 Ratio, Proportion, and Percent

2.7 Further Applications of Linear Equations

2.8 Solving Linear Inequalities

            Study Skills: Taking Math Tests

            Chapter 2 Summary

            Chapter 2 Review Exercises

            Chapter 2 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 2 Test

            Chapters R—2 Cumulative Review Exercises


3. Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables; Functions

3.1 Linear Equations and Rectangular Coordinates

            Study Skills: Analyzing Your Test Results

3.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables

3.3 The Slope of a Line

            Study Skills: Preparing for Your Math Final Exam

3.4 Slope-Intercept Form of a Linear Equation

3.5 Point-Slope Form of a Linear Equation and Modeling

            Summary Exercises: Applying Graphing and Equation-Writing Techniques for Lines

3.6 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

3.7 Introduction to Functions

            Chapter 3 Summary

            Chapter 3 Review Exercises

            Chapter 3 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 3 Test

            Chapters R—3 Cumulative Review Exercises


4. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing

4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution

4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination

            Summary Exercises: Applying Techniques for Solving Systems of Linear Equations

4.4 Applications of Linear Systems

4.5 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities

            Chapter 4 Summary

            Chapter 4 Review Exercises

            Chapter 4 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 4 Test

            Chapters R—4 Cumulative Review Exercises


5. Exponents and Polynomials

5.1 The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents

5.2 Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule

            Summary Exercises: Applying the Rules for Exponents

5.3 Scientific Notation

5.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Graphing Polynomials

5.5 Multiplying Polynomials

5.6 Special Products

5.7 Dividing Polynomials

            Chapter 5 Summary

            Chapter 5 Review Exercises

            Chapter 5 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 5 Test

            Chapters R—5 Cumulative Review Exercises


6. Factoring and Applications

6.1 The Greatest Common Factor; Factoring by Grouping

6.2 Factoring Trinomials

6.3 More on Factoring Trinomials

6.4 Special Factoring Techniques

            Summary Exercises: Recognizing and Applying Factoring Strategies

6.5 Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Zero-Factor Property

6.6 Applications of Quadratic Equations

            Chapter 6 Summary

            Chapter 6 Review Exercises

            Chapter 6 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 6 Test

            Chapters R—6 Cumulative Review Exercises


7. Rational Expressions and Applications

7.1 The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions

7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

7.3 Least Common Denominators

7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

7.5 Complex Fractions

7.6 Solving Equations with Rational Expressions

            Summary Exercises: Simplifying Rational Expressions vs. Solving Rational Equations

7.7 Applications of Rational Expressions

7.8 Variation

            Chapter 7 Summary

            Chapter 7 Review Exercises

            Chapter 7 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 7 Test

            Chapters R—7 Cumulative Review Exercises


8. Roots and Radicals

8.1 Evaluating Roots

8.2 Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying Radicals

8.3 Adding and Subtracting Radicals

8.4 Rationalizing the Denominator

8.5 More Simplifying and Operations with Radicals

            Summary Exercises: Applying Operations with Radicals

8.6 Solving Equations with Radicals

            Chapter 8 Summary

            Chapter 8 Review Exercises

            Chapter 8 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 8 Test

            Chapters R—8 Cumulative Review Exercises


9. Quadratic Equations

9.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property

9.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square

9.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula

            Summary Exercises: Applying Methods for Solving Quadratic Equations

9.4 Graphing Quadratic Equations

            Chapter 9 Summary

            Chapter 9 Review Exercises

            Chapter 9 Mixed Review Exercises

            Chapter 9 Test

            Chapters R—9 Cumulative Review Exercises


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